Jul 19, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Virtual Reality and Game Development (B.S.)

Major code BS5401*

Scripps College of Communication   
J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies   
360 Schoonover Center
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4890

Charles P. (“Chip”) Linscott, contact person

Program Overview

The VR and Game Development (VRGD) program is a flexible major allowing students to choose exciting courses to match their career goals. In addition to a core set of virtual reality and game development classes, VRGD electives within the McClure School introduce our students to the information networking systems and coding required to solve problems and implement VR and game systems within a larger context. Within the 120 total credit hours needed to complete their undergraduate degree, the students’ business or communication courses (two minors from which they must choose) prepare our students to become effective leaders, entrepreneurs, and/or creative problem solvers in a wide variety of industries.

Our VRGD major is designed to teach students to use emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and digital games specifically for communication purposes – to inform, to persuade, to entertain, and to educate an audience. Students in this major pride themselves on the use of emerging technologies for social improvement in educational, governmental, corporate, entrepreneurial, and/or entertainment venues. Our program’s emphasis on ethical applications and social improvement goes hand-in-hand with our cutting-edge production approach. Students in the McClure School learn to create innovative immersive content that also makes a difference in the world. Many of our majors also choose to pursue additional credentials such as a certificate in esports, entrepreneurship, or social media.

*This program was previously BC5384 which awarded the Bachelor of Science in Communication. Pending Board of Trustees approval (anticipated June 2024), the new program code will be BS5401 and will award the Bachelor of Science effective the 2024-25 catalog year.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No Requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

GPA of 2.5 is required. Transfers may be limited due to capacity constraints.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

  • Demand for future workers with experience in virtual reality & game development is growing according to grandviewresearch.com.
  • The United States games market is the world’s second largest and is valued between $25.1 billion & $43.4 billion depending on sources.
  • According to Hired.com75% of software engineers predict that their own companies will feel the effects of virtual reality and augmented reality, with nearly half saying it would be a skill they would like to learn. 
  • GRID Lab Director John Bowditch has noted that alumni of the program have found employment at top companies such as  Walt Disney Company & Imagineering, EA, Ubisoft, Unity, Bungie, Apple, Sony Santa Monica, Google and Activision/Blizzard. 


University-wide Graduation Requirements

Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other university-wide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – University-wide  page.

College-Level Requirements for the Scripps College of Communication

View the College-Level Requirements for the Scripps College of Communication .

VR and Game Development GPA Requirement

Students in the VR and Game Development program are required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 from courses in the major (excludes the Public Speaking Requirement, the Statistics and Reasoning Requirement, and the Required Minor.)

VR and Game Development Core Subgroup I

Complete three of the following courses:

VR and Game Development Core Subgroup II

Complete 3 of the following courses:

VR and Game Development Core Subgroup III

Choose 1 of the following courses:

VR and Game Development Programming Requirement

Complete one of the following courses:

Public Speaking Requirement

Complete the following course:

Statistics and Reasoning Requirement

Complete 1 of the following courses:

Required Minor

Virtual Reality and Game Development students are required to declare a minor in either Business or Communication Studies. Please find the details for those programs below.

Communication Studies Minor

Communication Studies Minor Required Course

Complete the following course (already included in VR and Game Development Major requirements):

Communication Studies Minor Core Requirements

Complete two of the following courses: